MARK STURTON has pursued a career in the macroeconomics of small developing nations predominantly in the Pacific Island region. In Lesotho he has been the team leader of the DIMMoL project designed to assist the government in the development of a set of economic models to improve budget formulation, economic management and policy making. His PhD was in the development of a CGE model for Fiji and the impact of alternative development policies. He has built CGE models for Vanuatu, Tonga, the Federated State of Micronesia (FSM) and Lesotho. He also constructed SAMs for the same set of economies plus Cyprus (World Bank), and Samoa
In the FSM he worked as team leader of the Economic Management and Policy Advisory Team a project designed to assist the FSM in adjustment to lower levels of US assistance, and switching the economic engine of growth from the public sector to private sector. He has supported post evaluation of Asian Development Bank structural adjustment loans to the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) and Cook Islands, and evaluation of PFTAC, the IMF administered Pacific Financial Technical Assistance Centre. He assists the US Graduate School in an annual assessment of economic performance of the RMI and FSM required under the Compact of Free Association between the two nations and the US.
He has worked on the Asian Development Bank Pacific Island Economic Report series for Vanuatu. He worked as Director of Research in the central banks of Fiji and Tonga; the later under long-term IMF support. He worked at the Pacific Island Development Program of the East West Center in Hawaii as a research associate working on Pacific Island economic issues. He has held team leadership and management positions in Lesotho, the FSM, Tonga and Fiji.
KEVIN O'KEEFE Kevin O'Keefe had a 22-year career in economic development from 1982-2004, starting as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Samoa and later working in 18 countries as an economic adviser. He specialized in macroeconomic policy, international trade and development finance. His work was sponsored by the Asian Development Bank, the World Bank, the US Agency for International Development (USAID), and the UN Development Program.
Since 2004, Kevin has worked as a Financial Advisor for Edward Jones Investments with his own office in Kapolei, Hawaii. He has individual, business and institutional clients throughout the US as well as in the Freely Associated States. Kevin offers his time to complete economic advisory tasks on a range of issues for the Freely Associated States for activities that are requested by the respective governments. In this capacity, he has been significantly involved as an advisor to the FSM since 1995 and to the RMI since 2008. He has been assisting Palau as economic advisor for Compact Review matters since October 2007.
GLENN MCKINLAY has pursued a career in economic and social statistics, including collection, processing, analysis and dissemination. He has developed extensive skills in capacity building, management of small developing country statistical offices, team leadership, project management, and process improvement in official statistical contexts. In economic statistics he has specialised in national accounts, trade statistics and customs modernisation (PC Trade), business surveys, short term economic indicators, price indexes, central banking statistics (Overseas Exchange Transactions (OET), money and banking), survey redevelopment, employment statistics, HIES development, developing use of administrative data, Supply-Use Tables (SUT), and Social Accounting Matrices (SAM). In the social statistics area he has worked in demography including projections, estimates, analysis and research, migration statistics, ethnicity statistics and population censuses. Glenn's started his career with Statistics New Zealand, and in the developing country context has worked in Lesotho, Tonga, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Marshall Islands, Palau, Seychelles, and Timor Leste.
ANNA LENNBLAD worked briefly at the IMF in the early 1990s, and since then has worked as independent consultant assisting countries to develop statistical compilation systems and financial programmes in developing countries, as well as to provide training in the same. In Lesotho she has played a pivotal role in the construction of a financial programme at the Ministry of Finance. The financial programme is an IMF inspired forecasting tool, which is intended to assist policy makers to ameliorate economic management. In Lesotho it also serves as an instrument to improve budget formulation. Moreover, she has assisted the Central Bank of Lesotho to improve their compilation system for the balance of payments.
She normally works within the framework of short-term missions, which leaves considerable space for the counterparts to assume ownership of the statistical compilation systems and forecasting tools. She has a vast experience in Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia and Far East Asia as well as small-island economies. In Tanzania, Azerbaijan and Vietnam she has assisted counterparts at central banks to construct financial programmes. The focus has been on developing a forecasting tool to improve economic policy making with special emphasis on attainment/ maintenance of a low inflation rate. In many other countries, she has assisted counterparts at statistical offices, central banks and ministries of finance to construct statistical compilation systems from scratch or improve existing ones. For example, in Palestine and the British Virgin Islands, she has built up mutually compatible compilation systems for the balance of payments and national accounts. In South Africa, she has assisted National Treasury to revise their reporting system for economic statistics. Even though she has mostly worked alone, she has also served as team leader for a group of experts. This was the case in Kosovo, where she has led a six-member team to overhaul the data collection and compilation systems at the Statistical Office of Kosovo. Within the context of that project, she has also developed a compilation system for the national accounts.
Her PhD was in game theory. She investigated the effects on inflation of monetary policy co-ordination between symmetrical and asymmetrical countries.
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